Newport, Wales – Paul Halliday, Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Newport East has called on Tata Steel to be clear and upfront with employees after their decision to sell their UK steel interests. Speaking about the news Paul Halliday said:
“This news brings a lot of uncertainty to employees working for Tata steel. The site at Llanwern continues to be a major employer in the region and this news has far reaching consequences. Right now we need to make sure Tata are as clear as possible with employees about their future.”
In terms of what the future holds for employees Paul stated:
“Right now employees need clarity so they know what this means in terms of their future. There are many questions about the future structure, pay, immediate job security and possible redundancies. It is likely that any buyer coming forward will look at streamlining and employees need to be kept in the loop throughout the process”
Peter Black, Assembly Member for South Wales West said:
“This is clearly a matter of urgent public importance and therefore it is inconceivable that the Assembly doesn’t reconvene.
“Ministers in both governments need to act fast. Simply holding up their hands and saying they are out of ideas is simply not good enough.
“For years the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for business rates to be reduced to support the steel industry, yet the Labour Government has sat on its hands offering nothing. Likewise, inaction from the Tory Government has been utterly unforgivable. Too much time has already been wasted and we need to see positive action now from both governments.”